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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Nov 19, 2008 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

These are among the most "downloaded" at the Archive and might be a good place to start.
1980 6/20/1980 at West High Auditorium
1981 5/16/1981 at Barton Hall, Cornell U
1981 10/19/1981 at Sports Palace
1981 12/31/1981 at Oakland Auditorium Arena
1982 8/10/1982 at University of Iowa
1984 6/14/1984 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
1984 7/15/1984 at Greek Theatre, U. Of California
1985 6/24/1985 at River Bend Music Center
1986 12/15/1986 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
1987 4/3/1987 at The Centrum
1988 7/29/1988 at Laguna Seca Recreation Area
1988 9/12/1988 at The Spectrum
1989 7/19/1989 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre

These were identifed during a "best of" discussion here back in April:
1980-10-10 - Warfield Theater, SF, CA (SBD) (just acoustic set)
1982-08-03 - Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO (Matrix)
1984-10-09 - The Centrum, Worcester, MA (SBD)
1989-10-08 - Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA (SBD)
1989-10-09 - Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA (SBD)

When people here were asked in 2006, "what would you say the best Grateful Dead show on the archive is, meaning best sound, performance, songlist...", the following from the 1980s were the only shows suggested by more than one person:
5/6/1981
9/18/1987
7/17/1989

Personally, I'm old, and always disappointed by the post '78 shows, even the ones my friends here laud extravagantly. Middle-aged heroin-addicted Dead must be an acquired taste. {note: donning my armor now in anticipation of fiery replies...)

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Nov 19, 2008 3:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

LOL - Brutal honesty - the best kind - always gets you shot at.

Thanks for the info. I feel lost and am not sure how long this trip is going to last. The keys sound a little to carnivally (huh??) to me. I guess 80s Dead is an acquired taste. But if I learned to like malt whisky perhaps this will grow on me......

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 20, 2008 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

You prefer LSD-crazed amateur hippie musicians then?

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Nov 20, 2008 8:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

Yup. It, too, is an acquired taste.

Seriously, I think that maybe we each love the Dead we knew in our youth. By the 1980s, I was carrying around babies, a mortgage, a career, and other things that minimized my enthusiasm for the Dead. But 15 years earlier, I ran to the record store when American Beauty and Europe 72 came out. Certain crystal notes in Jerry's playing still evoke nocturnal journeys I took in late adolescence, teasing long-lost memories out of the attics of my life. Nothing of the sort happens when I listen to 80s shows. :-)

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Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Nov 20, 2008 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

I saw all of my shows between '82 and '95, but I rarely listen to anything post-retirement these days.

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Poster: patkelleyPA Date: Nov 20, 2008 9:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: First Foray Into 80s Dead - Where To Start??

I get into some of the old (primal?) stuff, but not a lot of it. I think that by the '80s, they really turned into pros who knew how to work a crowd, who were mature and polished musicians and were a band who, even when they were "off," were able to put together a performance that could blow your mind on some levels.